|“For Once in My Life”|
|Single by Stevie Wonder|
from the album For Once in My Life
|Released||October 15, 1968|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA (Studio A); summer 1967|
|Stevie Wonder singles chronology|
"For Once in My Life" is a pop song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records' Jobete publishing company in 1967 (see 1967 in music). Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an For Once in My Life is a 1968 Soul album released by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown label Events 533 - Byzantine General Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "Hitsville USA" was the nickname given to Motown Records ' first headquarters A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music "Motown" redirects here For the city see Detroit Michigan. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both Ronald Norman Miller (c 1933 - July 23, 2007) was an American popular Songwriter and Record producer, who attained many Top 10 hits In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Ronald Norman Miller (c 1933 - July 23, 2007) was an American popular Songwriter and Record producer, who attained many Top 10 hits "Motown" redirects here For the city see Detroit Michigan. The year 1967 was an important year for Psychedelic rock, with releases from The Beatles ( Sgt The composition was originally recorded by Jean DuShon, while other artists such as Tony Bennett and The Temptations recorded slow-ballad versions of the song. Tony Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto; August 3 1926) is an American Singer of popular music, standards The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) are a Grammy -winning vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful
The most familiar and successful version of "For Once in My Life" is an uptempo hit version by Stevie Wonder, recorded immediately after DuShon's original. Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an Wonder's version, issued on Motown's Tamla label in 1968 (see 1968 in music), was a number-two hit in the United States in late 1968 and early 1969. Events January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Jean DuShon had originally been tapped by Ron Miller to demo "For Once in My Life", as he was "fine-tuning" the composition. Miller was impressed by DuShon's rendition of the song, and she released her version as a single on Chess Records' Cadet label early in 1966. Chess Records was an American Record label based in Chicago Illinois. Motown CEO Berry Gordy found out that Miller, a Motown staff writer, had given the song to an outside artist, and had Miller immediately make the song available for Motown artist Barbara McNair, who included the song on her November 1966 album release, Here I Am, and later for Stevie Wonder and The Temptations to record. Berry Gordy Jr (born November 28, 1929, Detroit Michigan) is an American Record producer, and the founder of the Motown The Temptations (sometimes abbreviated as The Temps or The Tempts) are a Grammy -winning vocal group that achieved fame as one of the most successful Meanwhile, DuShon's version made no significant impact on the singles charts, but was chosen "Pick Hit of the Week" by Detroit's WXYZ in 1966, but Chess Records dropped the ball by not promoting the record. Miss DuShon was so distraught at the failure of the record, she dropped it from her popular nightclub act. .
The Temptations' version was done in 1967 for their pop standards based album The Temptations in a Mellow Mood. The Temptations in a Mellow Mood is a 1967 album by The Temptations for the Gordy ( Motown) label Baritone singer Paul Williams sings the lead vocal on the song, and it resultantly became his showcase number in the Temptations' live shows. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Paul Williams ( July 2, 1939 – August 17, 1973) was an American second Tenor / Baritone Singer Williams' most famous performance of the number was during The Supremes and Temptations' TCB television special in 1968, a performance cited as the apex of Williams' career. The Supremes were an American female singing group that first formed as a quartet called The Primettes TCB was a 1968 Television special produced by Motown Productions and George Schlatter - Ed Friendly Productions (of Laugh-In
Also in 1967, "For Once in My Life" became one of Tony Bennett's more successful forays into contemporary songs. Tony Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto; August 3 1926) is an American Singer of popular music, standards His version of the song peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, (#8 on the Easy Listening survey) and was the title track of his album For Once in My Life. "For Once in My Life" remained in Bennett's concert repertoire into the 2000s. In 2006 Bennett teamed up with Stevie Wonder to record a ballad tempo version for his Duets: An American Classic album, for which Bennett and Wonder received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Duets An American Classic is an Album by Tony Bennett, released in 2006 The Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals has been awarded since 1995 Bennett also performed it on the Grand Finale of American Idol 6. The Grand Finale of American Idol Season 6 aired on May 23, 2007, live from the Kodak Theatre in
Stevie Wonder's version was recorded at about the same time as The Temptations' in the summer of 1967. Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an However, Berry Gordy did not like Wonder's version, an upbeat rendition produced by Henry Cosby. Berry Gordy Jr (born November 28, 1929, Detroit Michigan) is an American Record producer, and the founder of the Motown Henry "Hank" Cosby ( May 12, 1928, Detroit Michigan – January 22 2002, Detroit Michigan) was an African Gordy vetoed the single's release, and the recording was shelved. Billie Jean Brown, the head of the Motown Quality Control department, finally coerced Gordy into allowing Wonder's version to be released in October 1968. 
Contrary to Gordy's instincts, "For Once in My Life" was a highly successful record, peaking at number-two on both the Billboard Pop Singles and Billboard R&B Singles (it was held off from the number-one spot on each chart by another Motown single Gordy had originally vetoed, Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"). Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, known as Marvin Gaye ( April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American Singer-songwriter " I Heard It Through the Grapevine " is a R&B / soul song written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong "For Once in My Life", issued by Tamla with "Angie Girl" as its b-side, was later included as the title track on Wonder's For Once in My Life album. A-side and B-side originally referred to the two sides of 7 inch Vinyl records on which singles were released beginning in the 1950s For Once in My Life is a 1968 Soul album released by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown label
Australian singer John Farnham recorded a version of For Once In My Life in 1971. It was released on his album titled Johnny.
Ella Fitzgerald performed a slow rendition of the song live in Berlin in 1968. Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25 1917 &ndash June 15 1996 also known as " Lady Ella " and the "First Lady of Song" is considered one of the most influential Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. She began by saying, "There's a song in the States made popular by Tony Bennett. Such a beautiful tune. We'd like to try and sing it for you because we think the lyrics are so gorgeous and the tune itself is beautiful. "
Frank Sinatra also recorded the song twice, once for his album My Way (1969) and again for his 1994 album, Duets II. Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor Duets II is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1994 His partners on the latter recording were Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. Gladys Maria Knight, "The Empress of Soul" (born May 28, 1944) is a seven-time Grammy Award -winning American
In the courtroom comedy-drama series Ally McBeal, "For Once in My Life" was performed by show mainstay singer Vonda Shepard. Ally McBeal is an American Television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002 Vonda Shepard (born July 7 1963) is a rock Singer. She appeared regularly in the television show Ally McBeal in which she The song was used to "sing" the main character Ally Mcbeal's quest for true love. The song is included in the show's original soundtrack, For Once in My Life, volume 2.
Bobby Darin performed the song live in the early 1970's. Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert "Bobby" Cassotto, May 14 1936 &ndash December 20, 1973) was one of the most popular
In 1969, Dorothy Squires recorded the song arranged and conducted by Nicky Welsh on the President label. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. She was born Edna May Squires in Pontyberem (about 12 miles from Llanelli Carmarthenshire in Wales
James Brown's version is featured as track 8 on his 1970 Soul on Top album. James Joseph Brown Jr (May 3 1933 – December 25 2006 commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" the "King of Funk" and "The Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Soul on Top is an album by James Brown. Brown and Saxophonist Maceo Parker worked with Arranger / conductor Oliver Nelson
In 1978, the Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos sang a version on his TV show (Roberto Carlos Especial) with the participation of Freddy Cole at the piano. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Roberto Carlos Braga (xoˈbeɾtu ˈkäɾlus (born April 19, 1941 in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil) is a Lionel Frederick Cole (born October 15, 1931) is an American musician In 1979, he also sang a version during the show Palhaço (Clown).
In 1986, Dean Martin recorded the song and performed a duet of it with Smokey Robinson in a television appearance. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7 1917 &ndash December 25 1995 was an American Singer, Film Actor, television personality
In 1996, Dionne Farris sang a version as the closing song in the film The Truth About Cats & Dogs. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) Dionne Farris is a female R&B / soul musician who sang on three songs with the hip hop group Arrested Development. The Truth About Cats & Dogs is a 1996 American film a Romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin
On the hit show American Idol several people have sung the song. American Idol, with the full title American Idol The Search for a Superstar for the first season only is an American reality-competition On the first season Justin Guarini sang this during Motown week and that performance became his signature performance and he also sang it on the American Idol: Greatest Moments CD. Justin Guarini (born Justin Eldrin Bell on October 28, 1978 in Columbus Georgia) is an American Singer / Songwriter The Studio albums in the American Idol compilation series are annual television soundtracks for the television show American Idol. On the third season Camile Velasco also sang this song during Motown week. Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco (born September 1, 1985) is a Filipino - American Singer and was one of the finalists on the third On the sixth season Melinda Doolittle sang this song in her initial audition. Melinda Marie Doolittle (born on October 6, 1977) is an American Singer who finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season In the final of the talent show, Any Dream Will Do, it was sung by Keith Jack. Keith Jack (born March 2, 1988) was the runner-up on the BBC reality Talent show Any Dream Will Do, which offered
In 2003, Canadian-born crooner Michael Bublé recorded a version of the song on his self-titled debut album. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Michael Steven Bublé (ˈbuːbleɪ or boo-BLAY (born 9 September, 1975) is a Canadian Big band singer and Actor. Michael Bublé is the debut album by Michael Bublé released in 2003
Stevie Wonder's version is featured on the closing credits of Monster In Law starring Jennifer Lopez & Jane Fonda.
Patti Austin also has a version of the song
It was performed on BBC Casting competition "I'd do anything" by one of the hopeful Nancy's - big band week.
This song was also performed by Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian first Malaysian Idol during her debut in Asian Idol. Jaclyn d/o Joshua Thanaraj Victor (born December 4 1978) is a singer who won the first season of Malaysian Idol. Overview In Malaysian Idol, auditions were held for the top finalists